Lynch will be the ninth inductee into the team’s Ring of Honor, joining Hall of Fame defensive end Lee Roy Selmon, former Head Coach John McKay, former Pro Bowl tight end Jimmie Giles, former All-Pro tackle Paul Gruber, Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp, Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks, former All-Pro fullback Mike Alstott and former quarterback Doug Williams.
Originally a third-round pick (82nd overall) of the Buccaneers in the 1993 NFL Draft, Lynch played 15 seasons in the National Football League, starting 191 of 224 games for Tampa Bay (1993-2003) and the Denver Broncos (2004-07). He finished his career with 1,277 tackles, 100 passes defensed, 26 interceptions, 16 forced fumbles, 13.0 sacks and eight fumble recoveries. He also started all 12 postseason contests he appeared in, tallying 71 tackles, 12 passes defensed and two interceptions.
In his career, Lynch earned nine Pro Bowl selections, tied for the second-most at the safety position in NFL history, behind Hall of Famer Ken Houston (10). He was also named to four Associated Press All-Pro teams, being named first-team in 1999 and 2000 and second-team in 2001 and 2002. In 2000, Lynch was named NFL Defensive Back of the Year by the NFL Alumni.
A captain on the Buccaneers Super Bowl Championship team in 2002, Lynch ranks fifth in Buccaneers history in games played (164), fifth in tackles (973), sixth in games started (132) and sixth in interceptions (23).
Lynch made an impact off the field as well. He and his wife Linda formed the John Lynch Foundation in 2000, with a mission to develop quality young leaders through its community initiatives, including the Star of the Month, Lynch Family Legacy Scholarships, Salute the Stars and Lynch’s Holiday Party. During his career, Lynch received numerous accolades for his work outside the game, being named a three-time Buccaneers Man of the Year, earning the Byron “Whizzer” White Award in 2006 and the Bart Starr award in 2005, being selected by teammates as the Ed Block Courage Award recipient in 2001 and twice finishing as a finalist for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, along with numerous other achievements.
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